Additions to Club Merchandise requested by Santa Claus
The red and white clad icon of Christmas has reached a stage where clambering down chimneys is a most arduous task and he has decided to use a simplified method of house entry - the key. So, guess what? we have added a keyring to our list of accessories in order to assist him.
KC Stadium set to feature plethora of Irish candidates...13/12/2013
The KC Stadium is set to feature a plethora of Ireland candidates at 5.30pm on Saturday afternoon, when Hull City play host to Stoke City in the Premiership. The hosts have Robbie Brady, David Meyler and Paul McShane in their ranks, while the visiting squad includes Stephen Ireland, Jon Walters, Glenn Whelan and Marc Wilson.
International hopeful in midweek European action...12/12/2013
Wigan Athletic midfielder Chris McCann, hoping for a senior Irish call-up, had a disappointing evening in Slovenia, where his club, with qualification for the next phase still at stake, went down to defeat against SK Maribor in Europa League Group D. The combatitive Dubliner was dismissed for a harsh second yellow card just prior to half-time which resulted in a penalty kick for the hosts. McCann had already been cautioned, again very harshly, for an earlier perceived foul challenge. Fellow midfielder James McClean missed the match through suspension.
Draw made for 2014 Setanta Sports Cup today...11/12/2013
The draw for the quarter-finals of the 2014 Setanta Sports Cup was made this afternoon and sees competition debutants Ballinamallard United of the Danske Bank Premiership set to face St Patrick's Athletic while Crusaders take on Sligo Rovers with Dundalk meeting Coleraine and Shamrock Rovers hosting Glentoran in the first legs on Monday the 24th February 2014, with the second legs set for Monday the 10th March 2014.
Bitter disappointment for Stokes and Glasgow Celtic...11/12/2013
Glasgow Celtic striker Anthony Stokes saw barely ten minutes of UEFA Champions League action as a late substitute when his club were trounced six one by Barcelona in their concluding contest on Wednesday evening.
Monday evening excursion for international manager...09/12/2013
Ireland manager Martin O'Neill is reported to have made the Monday evening trip to Swansea City where midfielder David Meyler started for visitors Hull City who drew one each with their hosts in the Premiership. Robbie Brady and Paul McShane were on the visiting substitute bench while young striker target Rory Donnelly was on the bench for the hosts.
Ireland young guns in Sunday Premiership action...08/12/2013
London hosted two Premiership contests on Sunday afternoon which featured three of the 'young guns' on whom Martin O'Neill is likely to build his Ireland side. Everton, with Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy in their ranks, scored a late equaliser against table toppers Arsenal in the Emirates Stadium, while Ciaran Clark was in defence for Aston Villa who went down to a two nil defeat at Fulham in the early kick-off.
Management continue to review international options...07/12/2013
Ireland manager Martin O'Neill is scheduled for a busy and extended weekend as he continues to review the international options available to him. The Den in London's docklands was his first port of call, where David Forde and his Millwall side scored a two one success over Wigan Athletic, who had James McClean and the uncapped Chris McCann in their starting eleven. Sunday afternoon at the Emirates Stadium offers another viewing of Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy as their Everton take on hosts Arsenal. The Monday evening trip to Swansea City is a more arduous journey but may prove rewarding if Robbie Brady and David Meyler maintain their presence with visitors Hull City. Meanwhile, assistant manager Roy Keane's trip to the Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon was less than rewarding, as Shane Long (West Bromwich Albion) was only a second half substitute while Wes Hoolihan (Norwich City) remained on the substitute bench as his side secured a two nil victory.
2014 World Cup Finals draw made this afternoon ...06/12/2013
The draw for the 2014 World Cup Finals took place this afternoon at the Costa do Sauipe Resort, in Brazil. Sadly, the excuse to spend time and money on the beach at Copacabana is not available to Ireland supporters, so we will have to enjoy/endure the exploits of our neighbours England, drawn in Group 'D' with Uruguay, Costa Rica and Italy whom they will open their challenge against in Manaus on Saturday 14 June 2014.
Management team continue review process...04/12/2013
Ireland manager Martin O'Neill may have elected to make the short journey to the Emirates Stadium this evening, when Hull City lost two nil against Arsenal in the Premiership. Robbie Brady would have been the obvious focus of attention, but he was withdrawn just before the hour mark, while fellow midfielder David Meyler completed the full ninety minutes. While the visit of Everton duo Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy for the one nil victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford would have been very convenient for Assistant Manager Roy Keane, a trip to the Midlands, where Derby County defeated Middlesbrough by two goals to one in the Championship could well have been of greater benefit, as fit again midfielder Jeff Hendrick was involved for the second forty five minutes. Late substitute Conor Sammon scored the last minute winner.
International hopefuls in Tuesday night action...03/12/2013
Defenders Damian Delaney (Crystal Palace) and Joey O'Brien (West Ham United) were in action this evening when their respective clubs met at Selhurst Park in a Premiership basement contest. Ireland manager Martin O'Neill is reported to have made the short journey from his home, with reports suggesting that the visitors Mark Noble, who qualifies through his grandparents from Cork, was the primary focus of attention. The midfielder was quite impressive in a tidy and industrious performance but suffered disappointment as his side went down to a one goal defeat. Left sided centre back Delaney provided a commanding defensive performance, which is unlikely to have gone unnoticed, while O'Brien, playing in his more natural right back position, was relatively quiet.
Sunday action under review by Management team ...01/12/2013
Ireland manager Martin O'Neill and his assistant Roy Keane are likely to have had keen eyes on the Sunday afternoon Premiership contest between Hull City and Liverpool at the KC Stadium. The hosts had Robbie Brady and David Meyler, who scored, together with possible new defensive recruit Curtis Davies in their starting eleven, as they secured a three one victory. The Championship meeting of Wigan Athletic and Derby County may also have attracted attention, with James McClean starting for the hosts, while the visitors started with Richard Keogh while injury returnee Jeff Hendrick joined the fray for the final thirty minutes of his side's three one victory. In the Scottish Cup, Heart of Midlothian went down to a seven nil home defeat by Glasgow Celtic who had Anthony Stokes in their side.
Management duo enjoy Goodison Park rendezvous...30/11/2013
The Ireland management duo of Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane were in attendance at the Premiership meeting of Everton and Stoke City this afternoon at Goodison Park. The hosts had both Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy in their starting eleven, while the visitors started with Jonathan Walters and Glenn Whelan while Marc Wilson and Stephen Ireland were on the substitute bench. Full back Coleman scored a rare goal in a four nil demolition of their troubled opponents.
Draws for UEFA Under 17 Championship...28/11/2013
The draw for the Elite Phase of the 2014 UEFA U17 Championship was made this morning and Ireland will face Germany, Georgia and hosts Serbia with the matches scheduled for 26th, 28th and 31st March 2014. The qualifying draw for the 2015 Championship was also made and Ireland will host the group containing Faroe Islands, Gibraltar and Scotland on the 22nd, 24th and 27th September 2014.
UEFA Under 19 Championship draws made today...28/11/2013
The draw for the Elite Phase of the 2014 UEFA U19 Championship was made this morning and Ireland will host Iceland, Serbia and Turkey with the matches scheduled for 28th and 3oth May 2014 and 2 June 2014. The qualifying draw for the 2015 Championship was also made and Ireland will host the group containing Gibraltar, Malta and Switzerland on the 13th, 15th and 18th Novenber 2014.